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Students from Lakehead University's Faculty of Business Administration ranked among the top in Canada at this year's final round of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC), held at Queen’s University, January 3 - 5, 2013. The accounting team of Tim Harris and Jesse Young were selected among the top five in Canada.
Accounting students Jesse Young and Tim Harris
“ICBC was a great experience and opportunity to apply everything that I’ve learned at Lakehead,” said Lakehead accounting student, Tim Harris. “Presenting a case to a panel of successful professionals has made me much more comfortable in giving presentations and public speaking. The nightly socials were also a lot of fun, getting to know other business students from across the country and around the world. I would recommend ICBC to any student who has the chance to compete.”
Preliminary round competition saw seven Lakehead teams compete against approximately 41 university teams from around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Hong King, Singapore, and the United States. The top six teams from each category went on to the finals at Queen’s University. Thirteen Lakehead students competed in preliminary round subject areas:
- Accounting: Tim Harris & Jesse Young
- Business Policy: Robyn Thompson, Jade McCrae & Anne Widdifeild
- Ethics: Lucas Swain & Keith Wootten
- Finance: Ben Lundy & Jocelyne Poirier
- Human Resources: Kathleen Connerton & Zahid Hasan
- Marketing: Leslie MacNiven & Trevor Pilatzke
For final round competition, teams were given five hours to analyze a new business case and make a 15-minute presentation to a panel of corporate business leaders. The presentation was followed by a short question and answer session.
Jesse Young believed a large part of why they were so successful was the education they received at Lakehead. “The case studies from our classes were very similar to those used in the competition,” he said. “Additionally, the frequency of class presentations in Lakehead’s business program really prepared us for the final round.”
Jocelyne Poirier, who competed in the 2013 Finance division and 2012 Ethics division of the preliminary round, spoke of her experiences: "I found the competitions very rewarding! I worked on cases that introduced me to new material and areas of business that we were either in the middle of learning in class, or hadn't yet covered in the program. It definitely gave me an advantage.
“My favorite part was being evaluated and receiving feedback from a mix of company executives and professors,” Poirier added. “I saw them as potential employers, while their feedback provides an understanding of what your future workforce environment is expecting.”
Dr. Camillo Lento, Assistant Professor at Lakehead’s Faculty of Business Administration, has been the Faculty Coordinator of the ICBC since 2009. “It is great to see our students succeed in Canada’s longest-running, most competitive undergraduate business case competition," he said. "It’s a testament to the great students we have here at Lakehead University.”
For more information about ICBC visit: comsoc.queensu.ca/ICBC.